Youth Livelihoods Facilitator

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Recruiting Organization: Bukit Lawang Trust

Help youth entrepreneurs escape financial poverty by teaching business start-up skills on our Youth-Led Sustainable Enterprise Program.


  • Receive 1 - 1 support from one of our recruitment team, from the moment you apply until the moment you arrive.
  • Extremely competitive rates on education volunteer placements.
  • Receive comprehensive in country training at our Bukit Lawang Hub prior to starting your program.
  • Receive valuable business start-up coaching experience worth over ┬ú1270.
  • Experience traditional Sumatran culture and cuisine.
  • Live and work on the edge of the Tropical Rainforest.
  • Spend your weekends Trekking in the Jungle or visiting the Elephants at nearby Tankahan.
  • Receive a professional reference and certificate of completion at the end of your placement.
  • Have access to a wide range of teaching materials & equipment.
  • Participant and lead a range of 'supporting projects'.

The Bukit Lawang Trust is a Non Government Organisation based in Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra. The Trust building is a community centre which provides free education to people of all ages from both the local community and farther afield in Sumatra. As a volunteer on the Conservation programme you will be directly involved in the establishment of new and exciting youth led sustainable enterprises in the local community, helping to provide an alternative occupation for young people to Palm Oil plantation work.

The Conservation Programme aims to establish new youth-led sustainable enterprises in Bukit Lawang and guide current business owners towards sustainable best practice in order to protect the severely endangered Leuser Ecosystem.

You will guide your 'entrepreneurs' through the process of establishing their dream job by covering the following key areas;

- Idea Generation

- Market Research

- Research Analysis

- Business Model Canvassing (BMC)

- Managing Finances & Budgeting (Cash Flow)

- Sustainability (Green Factor)

- Business Management

At the end of the programme volunteers will assist in the setting up and starting of these youth led sustainable enterprises, reducing poverty through livelihoods diversification and reducing the negative environmental impact through facilitating a workforce shift to sustainable jobs.

A day at the Trust:

´╗┐Volunteering at the Trust is no gap year holiday, our volunteers typically work from 08:00 to 18:00 on week days, and occasionally on weekends for training events and action days. We maintain an ethos of hard work and selfless commitment and all of our volunteers are here to serve the local community. However, that doesn’t stop us having a life changing experience whilst were at it! A typical day starts at 07:00 with breakfast. This is prepared by our amazing Hub Chef Fitri, and is served until 08:00. At 0800 is our morning meeting. This happens every weekday and includes all of the operations staff and volunteers. Here any extra tasks or responsibilities will be shared out by the program managers. On Monday, we have a Hub meeting where all of the staff join as well as our Director of Operations, who gives an update on the week ahead and our progress so far. Following this, you will begin your sessions. If you are on the ESL program, you may be teaching or assisting in Kindergarten, which begins at 08:30 or you may be teaching English classes in the afternoon, which start at 14:00. For conservation volunteers on the Youth Ranger or YSE program, you will be delivering sessions in the afternoons, so the morning is your planning and preparation time. Lunch is served at 13:00 each day. Weekends are your own, however occasionally, for example on events such as volunteer induction, phase review and volunteer debrief you will be required to work. Your program manager will give you plenty of prior warning if you are required to work on a weekend. The weekends are a great opportunity to explore North Sumatra! Many of our volunteers have gone on weekend jungle trekking, white water rafting, walking with the elephants and more! In the evenings we run a cooking rota, so we all take it in turns to cook for each other. This is a great way to try lots of exciting international recipes, and often the Indonesian staff join in to try new foods! Extra activities include several aerobics sessions a week, ran by our very own Director of Operations Sam! As well as a weekly running club, movie nights, karaoke and pub quiz!

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Fee Amount: 2024.00

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